The Los Angeles Clippers (28-14) travel to face off against the Toronto Raptors (16-28) on Friday, January 26th. This game will be played at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto and televised on BSSC. The Clippers are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Raptors are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Lakers. Tip-off is set for 7:30 ET.
Clippers vs Raptors
The Clippers Are Coming Off A Win
In their most recent game, the Clippers took down the Lakers by a score of 127-116. The Clippers not only won the game but also covered the spread as -9.5-point favorites. The over/under line heading into this matchup was 235.5 points in which the two teams surpassed.
With a 28-14 record, the Clippers are above .500 as they prepare to face the Raptors. In their 42 games, the Clippers are 21-11 against Western Conference teams and 7-3 in non-conference games.
The Clippers have successfully covered the spread in their last three games and hold an overall ATS record of 23-19. When playing on the road, the Clippers hold an ATS record of 9-10 in contrast to a 14-9 record against the spread when playing at home.
The Raptors Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
RJ Barrett scored 29 for Toronto against the Grizzlies which was the most on the team. His field goal percentage for the game was 44.3%. Scottie Barnes added 22 points, but unfortunately, Toronto was defeated in the game with a score of 108-100.
Heading into their matchup with the Clippers, the Raptors are 16-28 overall and are trying to put an end to a three game losing streak. On the road, the Raptors are 6-16 this season compared to their 10-12 record at home.
Toronto’s ATS record sits below .500 (21-23). When playing on the road, the Raptors hold an ATS record of 11-11 in contrast to a 10-12 record against the spread when playing at home.
Clippers Offense Breakdown
Leading up to today’s matchup, the Clippers are one of the NBA’s top offenses, averaging 118 points per game (9th).
Heading into this game, the Clippers are 9th in the NBA in scoring at 118 points per game. On the road, they are averaging 117.2 points per game.
One of the strengths of the Clippers’ offense has been their three-point shooting. They are 1st in the NBA in three-point shooting percentage at 40%. Overall, they are shooting 49% from the field, which is 5th in the league.
When it comes to pace, the Clippers are 26th in the NBA at 97.1 possessions per game. In terms of assists, they are 18th in the league at 26 per game.
Raptors Offense Breakdown
The Raptors come into today’s game as the 18th ranked scoring offense at 114.3 points per game.
Coming into tonight’s game, the Raptors are scoring 114.3 points per game, which is 18th in the league. However, they have been better on the road this season, averaging 116.7 points compared to 112.0 at home.
So far this season, Toronto has outscored the NBA scoring average in 45.5% of their games. In terms of pace, the Raptors are 17th in the league at 98.7 possessions per game.
When it comes to shooting, Toronto is 10th in field goal percentage at 48%. However, they have struggled from three-point range, hitting just 35% of their attempts, which is 24th in the NBA.
Clippers Team Defense
At present, the Clippers’ defense is ranked 9th, allowing 112.1 points per game. The Los Angeles defense has allowed opponents to shoot 36.1% from beyond the arc this season. Opposing teams are also hitting 46.6% of their field goal attempts vs. Los Angeles.
Raptors Team Defense
Currently, the Raptors’ defense holds the 18th rank in the NBA, allowing 116.4 points per game. Toronto’s defense is currently forcing 12.7 turnovers per game, which is 14th in the league. Additionally, they enter the game ranked 19th in blocked shots, with an average of 4.9 rejections per game.
Key Players For The Clippers And Raptors
The outlook for today’s matchup points to Kawhi Leonard as the primary point contributor for the Clippers, finishing with 23 points while maintaining a 8/16 shooting accuracy. For the season, he has been averaging 23.7 points per game, in addition to 6.2 rebounds.
On the opposing side, we anticipate RJ Barrett to be the top scorer for the Raptors. Our projection has him finishing the game with 19, and he is expected to secure 5 rebounds. This season, he has put together a field goal percentage of 46.4%, and he is contributing 19.1 points per game on average.
Clippers vs Raptors Trends
- Although Los Angeles has a straight up record of 1-2 in their last three road games, they have not held up as well vs the spread going 1-2. The team averaged 112 points per game in these games.
- Across their last five home contests, Toronto has a 3-2 record vs the spread. Their overall mark in these games was 1-4, while averaging 119 points per game.
- The last five games that Toronto was the underdog, they have an ATS mark of 1-4 while going 1-4 straight up.
- The Clippers have played well in their last three games as the betting favorite, going 3-0 straight up and 3-0 against the spread.
Clippers vs Raptors Prediction
Our bet is on the Clippers for a win, and we project the score to be 120-111. Additionally, we expect them to cover the spread, so our recommendation is to wager on the Clippers with the spread at -7.5.
Right now, the over/under line for the game is sitting at 234 and given that our model is projecting 231 points between the teams, we like the under.
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